Desperately needed some 6mm needles, couldn’t find any in the local shops, and too impatient to order them on-line, so followed the instructions given on http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips and made my own!
The guy at the hardware shop looked at me like I was off my rocker when he asked me what I needed it for an I said ‘knitting needles’ and then knew I was mad when I bought 2 metres of 6mm dowel. But out of it, I got 2 nice long single point needles and 4 DPNs that are long enough to be used for single points if needed.
The original cost was:
2m Dowel: $1.95
Sheet of 400 grit sandpaper: $0.95
Sheet of 1200 grit wet & dry: $1.15
Packet elastic bands: $0.65
Total cost of 1 pair and 4x DPNs: $4.70
Far cheaper than buying even just one pair of needles at the department store.
However, I couldn’t leave it there, so bought myself a packet of pom-poms ($3.50) and a hot glue gun ($8.95) and instead of using elastic bands as stoppers at the end, glued a purple pom-pom to the end.
Actual cost of pair : $17.15 - far more than a store bought pair. But I don’t care, my needles are unique, and, more importantly[I] I made them myself[/I]
Here’s some pictures of my beloved needles: